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Fefiñanes is Rías Baixas’ most historic albariño producer and the new 2018 is simply delicious. Soft and peachy with a lovely line of lemony freshness to revitalise it. A Spanish knockout to enjoy this year and next.
Product Code: SP14631
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This winery dates back to 1904 and is famed for being the first to bottle albariño, in 1928. It was also the first to bottle wines labelled as Rías Baixas, the increasingly popular appellation in Spain’s north-western Galicia region, and one that is now famed for its albariño. Fefiñanes albarino stands out for its finesse and delicacy, and is regarded by many as a benchmark.The bodega’s name is a nod to its enviable location as part of a 17th century palace on Plaza de Fefiñanes, a beautiful square in the coastal town of Cambados. It is owned by highly respected winemaker Juan Gil, although he entrusts the winemaking to the talented Cristina Mantilla, who also consults at several other prestigious estates in Galicia.The team sources its grapes from 66 families of local, respected growers. The vines have an average age of over 40 years – although some are well over 100 – and are all trained on trellises and planted on sandy soils with some limestone and clay. The vineyards are grown at heights not much above sea level, some of which are very close to the ría, and for this reason frosts are extremely rare as the climate is warm, damp and Atlantic, with an average rainfall of about 1500 ml. However, most of this rain falls during the winter months, and the summers tend to be very dry, which, together with the splendid sunshine, allows the grapes to ripen brilliantly.
"Lovely tasting wine, very fresh - though not entirely convinced the wine is better vs. other Albarino's of a lesser price "
"Wonderful, fresh Albariño. Lovely apple taste with a hint of minerality. Enjoyable as an aperitif or with food. I stumbled across this at a wine society tasting in London and it's now a staple part of my orders. "
I would recommend this wine
"Zesty, grapefruit, quite sharp though not unpleasantly so. Not quite a typical Albarino, and not sure it's worth quite this much."
"I agree with Simon's review below - it is without doubt a nice Albarino, but not quite the "hidden gem" that you might be hoping for at this price."
"Lovely tasting wine, very fresh - though not entirely convinced the wine is better vs. other Albarino's of a lesser price "
The Scotsman 8th Jun 2019
"Star buy: By far the
best albariño I have tasted so far in the 2018 vintage, from one of Ria Baixas'
most historic bodegas. Appley, blossomy nose with a soft texture and underlying
dry minerally palate with a refreshing lemony twist. - Rose Murray Brown"
"I presented this at a Club tasting this week and it was voted the wine of the night. One attendee commented that he was converted to Albarino having previously shunned it. Beautifully balanced, long on the palate, a fine wine"
Mr Nicolas J B Crocker (19-Apr-2019)
"A top Albariño with peach and tropical fruits and a zippy citrus finish. Sharp and refreshing with high levels of acidity "
Ms Lisa Harlow (22-Oct-2018)
"Not a bad drop but I had high hopes for this wine after the truly excellent 2016 vintage. The 2017 sadly lacks the characteristic roundness and freshness of the previous vintage and is a little sharp from the dominating citrus flavours. "
Mr Steven Thomas (07-Aug-2018)
The Mail on Sunday (3rd Mar 2019)
"A peachy thriller of
a wine guaranteed to please a crowd and well worth the spend. - Olly Smith"
The Observer (17th Feb 2019)
"Year in, year out,
Fefiñanes produces the world’s finest albariño, a never-less-than-mouthwatering
combination of Atlantic spray salty freshness, apple blossom and pristine stone
fruit for a smart and scintillating match for seafood. - David Williams"
The Daily Telegraph (24th Nov 2018)
gloriously refreshing, sometimes saline, white wines on Spain’s Atlantic
seaboard. This, from a hugely respected producer, dances across your palate,
reminiscent of apricot kernels and saltwater. - Victoria Moore"
Sunday Express (22nd Jul 2018)
"Despite the hefty
price tag, here is one of the best albariños of all. This white is bright,
fresh and vital, but also full-flavoured with tasty pear, apple and citrus
fruit. - Jamie Goode"
Sunday Telegraph (1st Jul 2018)
albariño, made in the sleepy coastal town of Cambados in Galicia. It tastes of
apricots and ozone, with just a tinge of salt, and is summery and refreshing.
Pour it with crab, prawns, octopus or with white fish. - Victoria Moore"
Money Week (15th Jun 2018)
"Aside from being one of the most attractive wine labels I can think of, this shimmeringly beautiful Albariño is a thrilling drink, too. I am more than a little obsessed with great examples of this grape and yet at the top of the pile, there are only a few wineries who reliably release stellar wines year in year out. Fefiñanes leads the pack and bearing in mind the sheer excellence of this wine it wears a wonderfully affordable price tag. The 2017 arrived in the UK a few weeks ago and it is the finest wine from this vintage and grape variety I have tasted this season. Dating back to 1904, this estate was the very first to bottle this wistful, aromatic and yet racy grape. It was also the first to note the now famous Rías Baixas region on its labels, too. Drawing grapes from vines across 66 local estates and using some plots as old as 100 years, this is a thoroughly noble wine. There cannot be many wines as serious as this which are drunk within a year of the grapes hanging on a vine! The true essence of the summer in Spain, and drunk with the finest seafood and crustacea by the great and the good, you simply must order this wine in for your summer parties. It is a genuine slice of history in a bottle. - Matthew Jukes"
"I was a little apprehensive about tasting this as some recent Rias Biaxas I’ve had didn’t rock my boat… HOWEVER… I was really pleasantly surprised by this! Thank god! The nose is as fresh as salt spraying on a seaside promenade with Lemon, peach, pear and bright acidity setting my mouth alive. Fabulous for the summer and worth the hefty price tag"
Ms Leah Newman (01-May-2018)
"Has the intensity of flavour expected from a good Albarino but I found it a little acidic and without that lovely minerally finish you get with the best of this grape."
Mr Jeff Garner (23-Oct-2017)
"One of the nicest Albarino's that I've ever tasted! Definately worth every penny."
Mr Timothy Young (13-Jul-2017)
"Delicious. Lovely peach and apricot notes, crisp with a lovely salinity. Definitely one to reorder."
Mr Henry Crane (08-May-2017)
Yorkshire Post (28th Apr 2018)
… elegant with a definite minerally crunch.
- Christine Austin
Decanter (4th Sep 2017)
"A textbook albariño
from the most historic producer in Rías Baixas. Vintage after vintage, this is
a reliable buy, always delivering pleasure with its juicy white peach, crunchy
sweet apple and zingy lemon intensity. The palate is fresh and a touch saline
too, with enough weight and concentration to enjoy with white fish. - Christelle Guibert"
The Daily Telegraph (24th Jun 2017)
"35 Best Wines for
Summer: Albariño has become so commercialised it's almost a surprise to remind
yourself how good it can be. This producer makes consistently good albariño -
saline, mineral and peachy; subtle and refreshing. - Victoria Moore"
Yorkshire Post (13th May 2017)
albariño with citrus and apricots in balance and enough weight to partner
grilled sea bass. - Yorkshire Post"
JancisRobinson.com (10th May 2017)
straightforward with some banana and apple and a zingy citrus character on the
mid palate. Concentrated finish. Perhaps formulaic but maybe that’s no bad
thing. 16.5/20 Richard Hemming"
The Daily Telegraph (6th May 2017)
"Grown on Spain’s
Atlantic coast, albariño tastes of white peach and sea-spray. It loves octopus,
prawns fried in butter and lemon juice, and crab. - Victoria Moore"
The Wine Gang (2nd May 2017)
perky new vintage from one of the region's most historic albariño producers. It
is more than worth drinking ASAP to make the most of its juicy greengage, fresh
parsley and crisp apple characters. Just as good by itself or with fish, whichever
way it's drunk it's another guaranteed corker for the sunny months ahead. - The Wine Gang"
The Observer (23rd Apr 2017)
"Most examples of the
Galician white grape variety albariño available in the UK are not bad at all.
They do their slightly apricotty, fresh thing, matching very well with seafood
or cleansing a tired post-work brain with minimal fuss. They’re a reliable under-a-tenner
alternative to sauvignon blanc when the gooseberry greenness of that grape
variety seems a bit too much. Fefiñanes has always been better than that,
however, and the latest vintage (available this week) from the first producer
to bottle the variety solo in the 1920s is simply superb. Pristine, fleshy ripe
pear, apple and white peach, and a wave of salty freshness that can’t help but
make you think of sea spray. One of Spain’s very best white wines. - David Williams"
"Nice wine - plenty of zest but not much flavour - it did open up a bit when I had some cheese with it, some pleasant orange tones - overall quite nice but for this price I would rather have 2 bottles of the falanghina"
Mr Duncan Yellen (05-Oct-2016)
"This strikes me as a relatively unusual wine but it has real quality. I don't normally try to describe the apparent ingredients of a wine but I agree with other critics that it has a touch of saltiness. Overall, an enjoyable wine which can be drunk on its own or with food. I think the cost is justifiable."
Neil Butter Esq (09-Aug-2016)
Yorkshire Post (8th Oct 2016)
oldest producer in the region, making sheer, elegant, precise wines with
masses of lime-shot, white peachy fruit.
- Christine Austin
The Observer (10th Jul 2016)
albariño can be fun below £10, it is capable of reaching into fine wine
territory. The original and still best producer of albariño ... shows the
way, playing up the mineral-saltiness and thrilling acidity – without
stinting on the prettiness of blossom, pear and peach – in what is, pound for
pound, one of the best value white wines in the world.
- David Williams
Decanter (1st Jun 2016)
aromatics of delicate peach and apple. Blossoms to a full, fleshy palate,
which is balanced and made in a simple style; a persistent finish,
- Panel Tasting
"Lovely. Racy acidity, minerality and a spritz on the tip of your tongue! Citrus and peach, saline and orange with a muskiness on the nose as it warms in the glass. Delicious. Had the Lagar de Costa Albarino 2013 at a friends house earlier this year. It's also very nice."
Mr Andrew Watson (04-Oct-2015)
"Very fresh and minerally,can almost smell the sea! Will be even better with another year in the bottle."
Mr Jeff Garner (19-Sep-2015)
"Review of 2013 vintage. Really classy, delicate and precise Albariño. Racy minerality and a lick of sea salt on the palate. Perfect if, like me, you prefer your whites in a very fresh style. Ate with pan fried sea bass, asparagus and a parsley beurre noisette."
Mr Matthew Robison (30-Aug-2015)
Wine-pages.com (31st Mar 2016)
"Always a class act,
Fefiñanes is a compact winery housed in the ancient granite cloisters of the
grand Renaissance palace in the central square of Cambados in northwest Spain.
Classy stuff indeed, so much flavour and aroma, so much concentration that flashes
across the palate with masses of dry apple punch, lime, and ozone, and texture
too. Yes it's expensive, but it is just a superb example. - Tom Cannavan"
"Beautiful Albarino- taut, fresh and mineral."
Mr Adam McNaughtan (11-Aug-2016)
The Mail on Sunday (5th Oct 2014)
"One of the most
delicious albariños this year, alive with freshness and flavour. Kerpow! - Olly Smith"
The Daily Telegraph (18th Jul 2014)
"You can smell salty
sea air in the cellar of Palacio de Fefiñanes, a 16th-century palace built from
solid blocks of granite. The winery, founded in 1904, claims to be the oldest
in the DO, and its female winemaker Cristina Mantilla, who’s been there more
than 20 years, makes my favourite straight albariño – one that dances like
light through leaves. - Victoria Moore"
Wine-pages.com (13th Jun 2014)
"A very modest 12.5%
abv for this Galician wine which pours with the appearance of a little
petillance, and a lovely fat lemon rind waxiness on the nose. There are little
elements of green herbs and of fresh, nutty apple. The palate has no real
spritz, but a wonderfully fresh, mineral and ozone blast of crisp orchard
fruits, all driving through to a salt-licked, beautifully mineral finish. - Tom Cannavan"
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